Smj brought this link..and it’s full of gold.
Who knew amateur telegraph operators were buggering up the Titanic transcription service?
Likely a lie, it brought in a “hesitant” Congress to regulate the air waves thanks to the great work of Sarnoff.
Myths create laws and grow government.
While the sinking of the Titanic showcased radio’s potential value as a life-saving technology, it also raised questions about the need to control its use. The lack of clear guidelines concerning shipboard wireless equipment and interference from amateur operators had hindered rescue efforts and cost lives.
Congress, which had previously hesitated to regulate the airwaves, seized upon the disaster to pass the Radio Act of 1912. This law divided the electromagnetic spectrum between amateur, government, and commercial users and mandated that all American operators, even experienced ones like David Sarnoff, had to be licensed. To accommodate the demand for trained wireless experts, the Marconi Company recruited Sarnoff to act as an instructor at a newly organized technical institute